One to Watch: Victoria Monét
“Can you save me from a mad generation?”
I felt it was necessary to dedicate a post to this rising star. Since 2012, Victoria Monét has been steadily building her discography with songwriting credits on Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony’s albums among others, and has appeared on tracks with Nas (“You Wouldn’t Understand”) and both T.I.’s latest albums Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head (“Live On Tonight”) and Paperwork (“Stay,” “About My Issue”).
Recently she has released two EP’s, Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 & 2 on October 30th 2014 and June 17th 2015 respectively. The two EP’s perfectly showcase the 22 year old’s gorgeous vocals and songwriting ability providing interesting lyrics and not your run-of-the-mill generic content which plagues the majority of commercial music.
Have a listen to her Atlantic Records debut Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 below. The five tracks include the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted single “Made in China,” and “For the Thrill” featuring B.o.B
“I’m calling it Nightmares & Lullabies,” Monet says of her debut, “because it’s about the juxtaposition of soft vocal sultriness with epic, aggressive production. It’s about showing what I’ve been through.”
The whole EP is gold and is still on heavy rotation since last year, however notable tracks are the B.o.B. featured “For The Thrill” which combines the gifted singer-songwriters mesmerising vocals against a delicate yet aggressive bombastic beat with sparkling synths and a killer verse from Bobby Ray. We are People is an uplifting, beautiful track with tribal and oriental influences creating a huge atmospheric backdrop against her siren-like vocals.
The recently released Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2 further demonstrates the Sacramento born singer’s knack for pairing angelic vocals with luscious soundscapes ultimately creating her own lane with this fresh, unique style. Tommy Brown serves as the EP’s executive producer, while Mr. Franks and Travis Sayles are also responsible for some of the project’s production
“Nightmares & Lullabies is a metaphor for the juxtapositions ones life can display – bad days vs the best ones and how they can play off of each other…It also describes my sound. My voice represents the lullaby, and the tribal undertone in the music is dark like a nightmare.”
The T.I. assisted Mad Generation is absolute fire, reminiscent of her feature on B.o.B’s mixtape jam “Lean On Me”, shattering synths cascade throughout the track with a prominent piano backing the beat along with a chilling verse from Tip.
Victoria Monét is making big moves throughout the industry and I can’t wait for what’s to come with her music.
PLUS: Catch the video for the hypnotising track that started it all “Malice in Wonderland” and the powerful live performance for Machine Gun Kelly’s “A Little More” that will no doubt give you chills.